Name: Engelbert Humperdinck: "Royal Children"
Original title: Engelbert Humperdinck: Königskinder
Directed by: Jens-Daniel Herzog
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Cast: Jonas Kaufmann (Konigssohn), Isabel Rey (Gansemagd), Oliver Widmer (Spielmann), Liliana Nikiteanu (Hexe), Reinhard Mayr (Holzhacker), Bogustaw Bidzinski (Besenbinder), Marie-Therese Albert (Sein Tochterchen), Kai Florian Bischoff (Ratsaltester), Tomasz Stawinski (Wirt), Anja Schlosser (Wirtstochter), Miroslav Christoff (Schneider), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Stallmagd), Pablo Ricardo Bemsch (Torwachter), Susanne Grobholz (Eine Frau), Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich
The first production of Konigskinder on film. Konigskinder follows the tumultuous story of the rugged King's Son, and the beautiful Goose-girl. After a chance meeting in the woods, the Konigskind (Jonas Kaufmann - "the fairy-tale prince of most opera-goers' dreams" - Financial Times) and the Goose-girl (Isabel Rey) fall desperately in love. However, the Goose-girl is unable to leave with the Konigskind, as she is trapped by a witch's spell. Eventually the lovers are reunited, but no sooner than they set eyes on each other, they are cast out by the townsfolk. The opera is brought to a heartbreaking close when hunger forces the starving couple to eat the witch's poisoned bread, which inevitably leads to their tragic demise.
Issued: United States | Decca